Wayland Lubbock campus hosting alumni barbecue event

LUBBOCK – After 35 years of providing educational opportunities for adults in the Lubbock area, Wayland Baptist University’s campus in the Hub City has amassed quite an alumni list.
The campus is hoping to organize that group for networking and fellowships by hosting the first alumni gathering on Saturday, Nov. 15. Held in conjunction with the university system’s centennial celebration, a barbecue picnic with entertainment is planned from 3-6 p.m. on that day at the campus, located at 801 North Quaker.

The picnic will feature a free cookout and entertainment by alumnae Venessa Carter and King’s Ransom, a Lubbock-based southern gospel and country music group that includes steel guitarist Dr. Gary Stevenson, an adjunct faculty member at the campus, as well as lead singer and guitarist Julio Trevino, Johnny Martinez on drums and Juan Aguilar on rhythm guitar. The group has performed with the Blackwood Brothers, the New Hensons and other gospel groups and has appeared at the Cactus Theatre and at Fourth on Broadway.      

Brief testimonies by alumni are also planned, including one by Nita Key, who operates Key Animal Clinic with her husband, veterinarian Dr. John Key.

“We’re trying to connect with our alumni who are still in the area and create a group that maybe can move forward and accomplish some things,” said Dr. David Bishop, executive director of the Lubbock Campus.

A brief update on the Centennial Celebration is also planned for the event.

Members of the alumni planning group include Fulton Berry, Trudy Brown, Allen Carson, Rhea Cooper, Roger Ellis, David Gutierrez, Janeen Hackney, Gene Hawkins, Sue Johnson, Patty Lindsey, Scherry Scarborough and Chuck Williams.

Reservations are appreciated by calling the campus at 785-1711.